From the studio – Life goes on


A new painting that came out of nowhere after many layers and many transitions. I was all over the place on this one, stalled for days, weeks at a time. But now I have come out at the other end of the dark tunnel. Some things are definitely looking better. I made a Manifest Abundance Mandala, a high-five hamsa hand of sorts that visualizes/crystalizes my artsy thoughts and so now I have a plan for the rest of 2016 in terms of what I want to accomplish, and I am painting again without too much struggle.

Not all is perfect in paradise though. I didn’t get accepted to a new Art Festival I wanted to be in AND I didn’t sell any of my door paintings at the Creative Artist’s Gallery Show that I was in. I am not going to let it get me down. It’s FALL and a brand new season, although you wouldn’t know it here in Florida! I always feel energized in fall! How is your year going?


From my journal – Firing up the creative + practice

T hese are a couple of spreads from my Creative+Practice studio sketchbook where I am working with the prompts from Lisa Sonora’s FIRE, 30 days of journal prompt. The Dive In one really got me going on some bigger paintings and I feel less stuck! What are you diving into these days?



Catching up to the Smiling Blue Fish!

Whew! I’ve been lost in life… a good life! I have been journaling with Lisa Sonora’s 30 Day FIRE prompts and reading Nicolas Wilton’s blog, trying to get unstuck from my floundering creative practice. Maybe I just needed a dry spell to rest because things have suddenly started to move forward again. Maybe it’s because it’s FALL (which we don’t really have here in Florida) but I like to think a change in seasons anyway… Things have certainly gotten brighter on the Mandala Series. I’ve been trying to keep this series going as Art Festival season will be here before I know it…. I enjoy painting these and thinking about my next WORD for the year 2017!

mandalaabundance mandalapassion


Found a New Gallery in town!

I’ve been trying to get my work “out there” this year… starting with 2 Art Festivals at the beginning of the year. I joined our county Art Council site and have been getting more notices about art happenings and “Call for Artists” postings…. and I found a gallery nearby in Brandon that accepted 3 of my door painting to their current group show. It’s The Creative Artists Journey at

I enjoyed the opening last Friday, talking with art lovers and art makers!




Bees and things…

Life has sped ahead of me. I feel like I am still in the beginning of June, but the calendar says it’s the middle of July! How does this happen to me? Does it happen to you?

I do take time to stop. I just stop and notice the blooming plumeria or the new orchid…and the big skies at dusk stop me in my tracks…


…and these skies are inspiration to paint or journal or collage…


I’ve been working in my Creative+Practice sketchbook, experimenting with gouache paints, I’ve been making some zippered canvas pouches (that aren’t done yet) and I’ve been working on my SAVE THE BEES project:


… and that has involved painting flowers, sewing, writing and making little books!

SO… I guess that’s where June into July went. Now to get back on track! It shouldn’t be too hard. The days are so hot (94F) that I really just want to stay inside in the cool AC and hang out in the studio making things, reading and writing. What are you doing this summer?